Kara-Lynn Vaeni

Kara-Lynn is a theatre and opera director who focuses on highly theatrical, impossible-to-stage works by diverse and interesting writers who are often women or artists of color. She has directed productions and workshops at BAM Harvey Theater, the Irondale, (both Brooklyn); The National Theatre of Prague; HERE Art Center, Guggenheim Works & Process, New Georges, 2g, The Flea, the wild project, WP Theatre (all New York); Dallas Theatre Center; Yale Repertory Theatre, Conn.; Montana Repertory Theatre, Mont.; and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Fla. Vaeni currently holds faculty positions at Yale University and SMU. She has also taught acting, directing, movement and Shakespeare at Seton Hall University, Hofstra University, SUNY-Stonybrook and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She has been an artist in residence or guest director at Princeton University, Yale School of Drama, Mount Holyoke College, Westminster Choir College and University of Virginia-Wise. When she is not making the world a more interesting place through teaching and theatre-making, she reads YA, swings kettlebells and chases a 250-lb. deadlift.